If you’re wondering what MODE-kei/MODE-style is, it’s a sub-genre of Japanese fashion that focuses mainly on creating clean, mature, and “high-fashion” silhouettes with interesting lines and cuts. Well, I wouldn’t really say “high-fashion”, but for a sub-genre of gyaru fashion, this is definitely a step up from the usual cutesy material that we see. ViVi, JJ, Happie Nuts, SCawaii and Jelly are only some of the many Japanese magazines that are following this new style! As of this writing, some MODE elements consist of black, white, denim, metallics and tasteful floral prints in sophisticated colors like wine red and mustard. What I love the most about MODE is that it plays a lot with proportions, and it is very, very wearable compared to other styles like mori, hime, etc.
I personally think it takes a lot of its roots from high street Western fashion and Western bloggers (think Rumi Neely, Carolina Engman, Chiara Ferragni, etc.), except there are actual MODE brands that somehow dictate which exact styles are popular. Two of the most popular ones would be MURUA, produced by Momoko Ogihara, and EMODA, produced by Ena Matsumoto. Just click on the links if you’d like to see examples! I found out about them as I was researching on what gyarus evolve into when they’re not teenagers anymore. They can’t wear cutesy things forever, so they created a grown up style of their own. I’m not an expert on Japanese fashion, but I do try to follow recent styles if there are any that I like.
With this trend as an inspiration, I managed to come up with this kind of look without having to depend so much on getting pieces from the two MODE brands I mentioned earlier. As long as you get some key items right, you can achieve this sophisticated, work-safe style with only the use of items from local stores!
I didn’t have to fly to Japan to pull this off. Bayo has always been around to supply everyone with the nicest black and white basics that you can use if you find yourself wanting to try this style out. I’m super obsessed with this loose white top that has the most flattering silhouette ever. I’m totally heading to Bayo again soon so I can get it in other colors. <3